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Alternative browser that can fake user agent? [answered]

asked 2014-11-27 23:57:24 +0300

pulsar gravatar image

updated 2014-11-30 02:17:01 +0300

Like on BB10, the native browser experience in Jolla is poor because some websites send basic mobile pages instead of customised ones.

On BB10 I bought Evolution Browser so that I can fake the user agent as Android, which works well.

I tried Opera for Android but I don't see a fake Android setting, only mobile and desktop. I remember in Opera desktop there were several choices. It also suffers from non correctable localisation, displaying in the network language.

I don't want to use Chrome, if it also works.

I had no success searching for 'browser' in the Jolla Store.

UPDATE: I see Webcat mentioned in some other thread, I will try it. I see that it appears in the store if one searches for 'web browser'. Initial testing looks promising, great faking. Scrolling menus should be improved. As this is a Sailfish app, it displays in the system language correctly.

I will continue configuring the phone and investigating showstoppers.

UPDATE: The answer is Firefox with the Phony add-on. It displays directly in the system language, so maybe the Android apps showing in the network language is more their own fault.

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So.. If you answered your question yourself you can close it also.

torcida ( 2014-11-28 01:31:10 +0300 )edit

I now installed Dolphin Browser, the Android setting works. I have to check the experience, given that it is an Android app.

pulsar ( 2014-11-28 01:48:25 +0300 )edit

Removed feature-request tag, as there are other questions asking that

pulsar ( 2014-11-28 01:59:36 +0300 )edit

BTW, Dolphin launches in the network language, but the setting can be changed in the app (assuming you don't get lost in the wrong language menus).

pulsar ( 2014-11-28 02:06:48 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-11-28 05:02:04 +0300

Just to make this thread as answered - As you you have pointed out, Try using Webcat browser available in store.

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One issue is that it still does not support downloading.

pulsar ( 2014-11-30 00:33:31 +0300 )edit

First usability check shows layout problems and re-zooming and repositioning when going back. Switching to Dolphin to see how it goes on Sailfish.

pulsar ( 2014-11-30 01:10:42 +0300 )edit

Dolphin: swiping from the right to access control panel is difficult, and zooming or scrolling disables full screen mode.

pulsar ( 2014-11-30 01:28:02 +0300 )edit
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answered 2014-11-28 11:16:52 +0300

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SailfishOS Browser is open source: https://github.com/sailfishos/sailfish-browser

It's relatively easy to add User-Agent faking feature to it. If one cannot do it oneself, there are other options: launch a campaign to convince community to add it, pay someone to add it etc. ;-)

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answered 2014-11-30 02:04:17 +0300

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Tried Firefox with the Phony add-on a bit now. Full screen is automatic, and going back does not re-zoom. I guess this is it.

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